Agree with Citizen partially. Read the essay and was somewhat mystified about this "Mantra". So a society will not prosper unless it treats its Jews well? How narcissistic, self-centered, and perfectly irrational can you get?
The USA prospered and continues to prosper because of FREEDOM. Freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, the right to vote. Free enterprise and competition. Etc, etc, etc.
Its comments like these that just blow me away. I mean aren't we all supposed to treat each other well, regardless of race, creed, sex, etc. Because it's not only the right thing to do, it creates a free and dynamic society that grows organically and incredibly in ways we never predicted.
Treatment or maltreatment of Jews? That's the reason a society prospers or not? Who the heck told you that? Get over yourself! What a pathetic and narrow view. Move ON and start working on solving problems instead of revisiting the past and blaming others for your problems. Think the Irish should hound the British for past maltreatment? Or any other group that was ever maltreated by another group ever in the history of the world? Forgive and forget for your own sanity's sake - and possibly your own future survival's sake.
Approach to life by Super Smart Special people - be they white, black, brown, yellow, red...
1) Tell yourselves your better and smarter than everyone else - and 'special'.
2) Tell yourselves you deserve 'exceptions' in your case - because you're so 'special'. Pursue and obtain exceptions for yourselves whenever possible.
3) Vigorously maintain a separate, exclusive culture - discourage your children from
marrying 'the others'. Help others in your group way more than anyone outside your group.
4) Wonder why you get picked on so much - then tell yourselves and 'the others' "it's obviously someone else's fault" and " 'the others' hate us because x,y, and z" - and hope you and 'the others' buy it. Never introspect or entertain the idea your own behavior and attitudes might make others justifiably upset - that's impossible, you're Special!
Not really the smartest approach to life, but there are those who strictly adhere to it - despite ample evidence that it's really not a good way to treat 'the other' or even in the long run to ensure your own survival.
But hey, what do I know - I'm not Super Smart nor Special!
Probably tough for the Rabbi to have to see it all so clearly all at once when seeing his own reflection in the visage of a white nationalist...
And just to pre-empt the 'Smithson is such an Anti-Semite' barrage:
'Specialness' is not just a white nationalist problem or a Rabbi problem - just ask a Hutu, Nazi, Tutsi, Hottentot, Japanese WWII soldier, ISIS fighter, the list (sadly) is endless. We simple, dumb, non-special folk have to pick up broken, worn-out tools every generation and try the fix the current specialness situation and the resulting messes they cause. And now we get to post on the internet about it too - not that it does much good other than getting tagged as 'Against the Special People' - however they define themselves.